The lush garden is one of the visiting cards of the house: taking care of it and making it lush is already difficult, but being able to build with constancy and commitment the perfect garden is a real challenge! Arm yourself with all the necessary tools and with passion and determination you will be able to have the garden of dreams!
Make a perfect lawn for lush garden
A fundamental prerequisite for having a garden that is always lush and flowery is the preparation of the lawn and the ground : first, you need to consider how much sun the area receives (six hours a day will be fine for most plants), and make different choices in based on land exposure . More exposure, in fact, involves having to choose more resistant plants and having to water more frequently.
Once the ground has been raked and prepared, the type of lawn must be chosen according to the needs and to the climatic conditions : the high grass one is easier to handle and resistant to hot and drought conditions, while the short and smooth one to the more elegant, needs more care and frequent cuts.
When the grass will be formed (about 35-40 days after sowing) it will be possible to start thinking about plants and flowers. An advice? Start small , with an area of plants and flowers about 20-25 square meters wide: in this way you will experience and consolidate your skills in terms of gardening, then gradually enlarge your garden!
Choose perennial blooms
An intelligent way of having the garden always flowery and lush is to choose, next to evergreen plants and shrubs, herbaceous perennials , which are able to color the flower beds even in the coldest and most bare periods of the year. In winter a holly alternative can be hellebore or Christmas Rose : it blooms from December to March and produces beautiful pink flowers with many veins. If kept carefully (better to plant it in the shade of shrubs or tall plants, so that in summer it does not receive direct sun) it expands and forms heads that last long.
From March to November, instead, choose geraniums : from March to May the Karmina variant will flourish , while from May to November the Rozanne geraniums produce beautiful autumn-colored flowers! Very robust and long-lived, they are perfect if kept in the shade.
Always keep in mind that the choice of blooms must be intelligent: prefer plants that, if positioned close, do not “kill” each other . Check compatibility by searching online or asking your trusted gardener!
Learn to cut from a real green thumb
The cut is essential to keep the garden lush and healthy: it allows plants and flowers to strengthen and block excessive growth , which in some cases may prove harmful. It varies according to the type of plant and is divided into sprouting, topping and dripping . Inquire to know how you have to cut the damaged or excessively large parts of your plants or flowers and remember some basic tips: the cut should always be done during the vegetative resting phase of the plant and must be clean, without fraying and made with sharp tools and of good quality.
Learn to water and irrigate
The nourishment of the garden is another neuralgic aspect to keep it flowered and luxuriant: follow the specific instructions for each plant, always taking into account the variables that can decrease or less the frequency of watering. This variable is the temperature and humidity, as well as the amount of rain that the garden receives.
Also important is the irrigation of the lawn : if it is new, in hot conditions and direct exposure it will be necessary to irrigate it once a day, to allow the seeds to sprout and form a good root system. Remember not to overdo it but not to give too much water to your plants and consider, if your garden becomes excessively large, to installautomatic irrigation systems : there are many models on the market, for all budgets and for every need.
Use the appropriate fertilizer
Fertilize the plants of your garden is essential to maintain the constant and luxuriant flowering: the integration of nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and calcium is essential. The fertilization season usually opens with spring and ends in October. A suggestion? Prefer specific fertilizers by plant type and avoid universal fertilizers, whose results are not always optimal.
Moreover, if you have a vegetable garden or an orchard it is better to use biological fertilizers , which do not give immediate effects but nourish the structure of the plant in depth. In any case, always follow the instructions on the package!
Eliminates dead leaves and weeds
The weeding and removal of dead leaves are essential to maintain balance in your garden: you can do it with mechanical tools or weed out the smallest and most stubborn weeds by hand. It is important to remove as much root as possible to ensure that weeds do not reappear and avoid using weedkillers , which are harmful to the garden ecosystem. Remember: if your plants hibernate in winter, weeds remain and must however be removed consistently!